I have decided that my boyfriend’s soon-to-be-knitted jumper will now be referred to as the Charmed Sweater, in honour of its defiance of the sweater curse and general kickass mojo. By the time I’m done, I fully expect it to ward off evil spirits, destroy any moth that comes within three feet and, in an emergency, repel zombies.
My yarn arrived from New Lanark yesterday; a lovely mid-brown aran Â wool that’s suitably sheepy, but still soft. (And can I just say again how much I love New Lanark – 1400 yrds of British wool for under 30 quid. Brilliant).
I have pretty much settled on a plain Seamless Hybrid, with a shirt yoke. As this will involve me doing all the maths, rather than following aÂ detailedÂ pattern, and as I’m only used to winging it on garments in my size, I am taking an unprecedented course of action.
I am swatching.
Not only that, I am swatching in the round.
My gauge is going to beÂ calibratedÂ with nano technological precision. Take that, Sweater Curse.
Of course, even with the right gauge, I still need to pick the right measurements. I’ve taken his actual measurements, and next I’m going to measure a couple of his jumpers to get an idea of how much positive ease to add. He doesn’t like them baggy but, equally, a fitted jumper in aran weight won’t be very comfortable. I’m thinking I’ll need to add 2-4″, though on 5mm needles it should be a relativelyÂ stretchyÂ fabric so I don’t want to over-compensate. Does anyone have any thoughts on ease?